24 May 2017
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21 May 2017
Folded postcard sent by Phillip (the USA), showing a
The stamps used also depict black and white photographies, and they belong to two different series:
- Building a Nation. Issued on 8 August, 2013. There are 12 different designs, that feature black-and-white photographs of early 20th century industrial workers. I had received some more of these:
- Masters of American Photography, self-adhesive stamps issued on 13 June 2002. More in my collection:
20 May 2017
Tor this week's theme on Postcards for the Weekend, I chose three colourful postcards received ages ago, through Postcrossing.
|First Nations dance|
|"Fulehung" Ausschiesset, Thun|
19 May 2017
17 May 2017
15 May 2017
14 May 2017
It shows the rescue capsule.The stamp belongs to a serie of six stamps. I have only received this one, but at least two of them come with very unusual designs:
|The names of the 33 men|
|The note they sent from the refuge|
'We are fine in the refuge -the 33'
13 May 2017
12 May 2017
11 May 2017
Two envelopes sent to Eric's mail art call:
We get more and more paper bags to wrap our purchases, so let’s recycle them! Let’s use a paper bag to create an envelope. Use any technique you want: keep the structure of the bag or deconstruct it, keep it plain or decorate it… Do what you want, the only rule being that the paper of the envelope must come from a paper bag. No deadline. Received items will be published on his blog
Send your creations to:
92 rue Maurice Arnoux
10 May 2017
Not that I receive a lot of these, but, you know... There are few presents that you can compare to a letter written on a notebook. I mean... when the letter takes the whole notebook. This was sent by Heleen (the Netherlands), and (almost) nothing could have made me happier.
09 May 2017
08 May 2017
Trying to keep this short (really!)... Some collaterals effects of the #AtoZChallenge, and learnings, in alphabetical order:
E is for English
As a non-native English speaker, I discovered some words thanks to the challenge. Not only in A few drops of Ink, that dedicated the #AtoZChallenge to words, but in a lot of blogs. Even in my own! Eatery (suggested by Phillip), Obverse, Quail (by Bryon), and Xangô (by Heleen) are words I did not know before.
F is for FunThis was my biggest expectation when I decided to take the challenge. And I achieved more fun that expected.
I is for Inspiration
- It seems that I inspired Phillip to take part in the challenge (he said I tried to convince him), which resulted in a series of posts about mail art, interesting as his always are.
- I am glad that postcards inspired also other posts in the challenge, like: P is for Play; Going Postal; Arti is thinking of rooting through her boxes of postcards and writing a post about... Any other?
(This U-post was not inspired by postcards, but you will find an original and funny display of mailboxes !)
- The postcards gave John an idea that he explained in another comment: I feel like starting a postcard collection from all the places I visit now. Wish my mind had thought of that earlier, but thanks for planting the seed in there now. (I asked him for royalties - inspiration is not free!...
No answer so far).
- Claire wrote on her reflections post: Eva at Mail Adventures has inspired me to start sending out postcards again. And there were some comments like this: I'm looking at these stamps and wondering why I stopped sending mail. Or this: I've actually been feeling inspired from your blog to start sending (and hopefully receiving) postcards more. I like to think that maybe someone else has sent a postcard after reading one of the posts... Let me know!
- Before. I wrote in the theme reveal post that I had not any idea for some letters (E, Q, X, Y, Z)... And some friends sent postcards for those. I added most of them to the posts, resulting in some strange combinations like Quail & Quidditch, for instance, or Yeast &Yarn.
- During. Some postcards arrived in April made me modify the posts, without the senders being aware. Also I received two free postcards from a Canadian penfriend after she read the E-post.
- After. Some readers ask me for my address in order to send a postcard. Do you think they will arrive? If I get 26, I can start another challenge... (Update: One of the promised postcards has arrived! Hooray!)
R is for ReadersThe number of visits to this blog, and comments, have increased during April. I am going to miss that! But, this month, I have enjoyed discovering new blogs, and I guess I will continue reading some of them. So, I hope that some people who arrived to Mail Adventures thanks to the #AtoZChallenge will continue to enjoy my posts about, not only received postcards, but all postal things.
S is for SurpriseI wrote here that I learn a lot through postcards and post in general. Also through blogging, I must say. And the biggest surprise has been to discover that so many people thinks that nobody is writing postcards (or letters) any more. Lost art, they say. Well... now you know you were wrong!
T is for ThanksTo everyone who has been here, and especially those who have taken the time to left comments. Also to people who wrote so many interesting posts that I am still enjoying.
Z is for ZIP code
07 May 2017
Two hobbies coming together, it is always nice. So I love that the creators of Fargo have chosen stamps to promote the third season! And there are some stamps on the poster that I really would like to see on letters. Who knows? Maybe they inspire the USPS...
(Billboards with this poster, see here.)
06 May 2017
05 May 2017
«Not recording bad news is one criterion that distinguishes stamps from other media.»*
This is a theme I had never thought of.
When the stamp above was issued by Royal Mail in 1998, along with other five stamps showing endangered species, was very impopular. The set included the text «Decline in distribution»at the top of every stamp and incorporates a graph representing the decline in the numbers of these species in the background. It seems that the buying public was «not keen to buy stamps that conveyed negative news". And, "as a direct result of the negative response in the market research", continues the author,"Royal Mail subsequently engaged upon a sustained series of sets of ten stamps to tell an affirmative message showing how species are increasing a a result of positive action.»*
What do you think? Are you keen of buying/using negative stamps?
*Christopher B. Yardley, The representation on Science and Scientists on Postage Stamps. You can access this essay for free.
04 May 2017
And I still had right to more sheep...
As his envelopes always are!
|... the white|
They look just perfect on this envelope created by Philippe (France):
As his envelopes always are!
03 May 2017
Again, my pictures are far worse than these envelopes painted by Philippe (France).
The second one (DIN A4 size!) makes me think of the inkblots of Rorschach test (but it wasn't the intention of the artist). What do you see?
The stamps are not less amazing... They feature details of works of Marc Chagall, and of both appear the characters of Eva & Adam. Besides the beauty and the theme, stained-glass windows are also a favourite theme of mine.